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Summer Fruits: Top 5 Pick Your Own Fruit Farms

24 July 2018 | Emily May

Even though you can get any fruit you fancy all year round from your local supermarket, there’s nothing like eating fresh produce. Whilst strawberry season is nearly over, you can still head to a pick your own fruit farm near you to fill a basket full of other seasonal berries and fruits… and maybe if your lucky find a last few sneaky strawbs!

Peterley Manor Farm, Buckinghamshire
Situated in the Chiltern Hills, Peterley Manor Farm has been in the same family for four generations, and was a derelict turkey farm before it became the pick-your-own paradise it is today. There are raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants to harvest (priced at £4.60 per kilo) as well plenty more produce to purchase in the farm shop, including home-grown vegetables, local cheeses, bacon, sausages, and a range of artisan jams, chutneys and condiments. Fruit picking can be thirsty work, so you can also head to the Wild Strawberry Café, a pop up restaurant in a quirky yurt that serves brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.

Image Credit: Peterley Manor Farm via Facebook
Peterley Manor Farm is located at Peterley Lane, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 OHH
West Craigie Farm Shop, Edinburgh
For a taste of rural life just outside of bustling Edinburgh, head to Craigie’s Farm Shop! There’s a vast range of produce to pick, including strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries and gooseberries, as well as many other activities to get involved in. From tractor rides to a kid’s play area, to meeting the farm’s pygme goats, pigs, ponies, sheep and chickens, there’s something for everyone to get involved in, there’s even the promise of a bone for your family dog when you visit the onsite butchery (but maybe don’t visit after you’ve just befriended a cute little piglets!).

Image Credit: Craigie's Farm Shop & Cafe via Facebook
West Craigie Farm Shop is located at West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9AR
Bellis Brothers Farm Shop and Garden Centre, Wrexham
Located in the beautiful Dee Valley, the Bellis Brothers Farm Shop is a family business that dates back to 1860! In its currant form (pardon the pun), it offers pick your own services for various produce depending on the season (this season they will have strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, rhubarb, peas and beans) as well as a comprehensively stocked farm shop come garden centre, an onsite butchery team and locally sourced deli counter.

Image Credit: Bellis Brothers via Facebook
Brellis Brothers’ Farm Shop and Garden Centre is located at Wrexham Road Farm, Wrexham Rd, Holt Village, Wrexham, LL13 9YU
Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, Wiltshire
Through August at Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, you can expect to be able to feast your fruit picking fingers upon a range of strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, tayberries, loganberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries. If not content with the fruits of your labour, you can buy extra goodies from the farm shop, or you can relax in Ansty’s tea room, which features multi award winning cakes and freshly baked bread on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You can even get lost in their very own maize maze (seriously, one woman got so stuck once they had to go in with torches to find her), which, being opening in 1999 was one of the very first in the country.

Image Credit: Ansty PYO & Farm Shop via Facebook

Ansty PYO & Farm Shop is located at Ansty, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5PX

Over Farm, Gloucestershire
Just a mile from Gloucester city, Over Farm specialises in perfectly plump and juicy strawberries! Strawberries cost £5.50 per kg, but there’s also a chance to make money on 4 August, when the lucky picker that finds the golden strawberry hidden on the field is in with a chance of winning a £100 cash prize. But this isn’t the only incentive to head to Over Farm, as they have endless attractions and events over the summer including numerous outdoor cinema events, and open air theatre productions of Much Ado About Nothing on 21 August and The Three Musketeers on 30 August. And finally, don’t forget to say hello to the friendly livestock on the farm, from pigs to ostriches, chickens to ponies and donkeys to ducks!

Image Credit: Over Farm via Facebook
Over Farm is located at Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

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